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Giving A Hoot About Death with Will Harryman

February 14, 2019

William’s brother Ryan passed away 3 years ago playing water polo. At the time, he was a famous youtuber with a message called Zero Hoots. Last year, William decided to quit his tech job, jump in a van and travel around the country to meet his fans and film a documentary.

Help I am Grieving! Support for young adults ages 18-25 with Fran Solomon

February 7, 2019

Fran Solomon never imagined she’d find herself in the field of death & dying. After triggering events brought episodes of deep grief, Fran refocused her energy into a quest for healing.  She is the President and founder of HealGrief the only national agency addressing the needs specific to young adults ages 18-25 through Actively Moving […]

Episode 158: Giving Voice to Grief and Recovery

February 5, 2019

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore how film gives voice to grief and recovery. Guests include bereaved siblings Kathy and Arnie Sparnins, Executive Producers of Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey.

Episode 157: Navigating Life After a Sibling Loss

February 5, 2019

On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley explore the impact of sibling loss throughout the life cycle. Guests include bereaved siblings, Kathy and Arnie Sparnins, Executive Producers of Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey, and Mary Kate Boylan, producer of the CBS evening news.

Sisters: The Last of Three

December 27, 2018

  There is no one like a sister. Sisters are constant, champions, and competitors. Margie, Judy, Jane. I am a sister. I had those relationships. I had them for the years I had them. They are always with me. Three sisters. A trio, a triangle, a tripod, and a trilogy. Identified to be proud, secure, […]

Sibling Loss: Interview with Stephen Stott

December 22, 2018

At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Stephen Stott about the loss of his sister and how eventually he found peace and hope with new friends and The Compassionate Friends organization. Stephen lost his sister in a car accident in 2002. His mother started going to The Compassionate Friends […]

Revelations Along the Grief Ride

December 5, 2018

The amusement park rides illustrate the trajectory of revelation and power of change. Every ride makes us feel different sensations, from the slow to the chilling speed of the roller coaster to the flowing music as the vibrant horses of the merry-go- round move up and down. The smiles, excitement, and thrill, to the disappointment, […]

Chris Shank: Military Loss: The Ultimate Sacrifice

November 22, 2018

Christopher Shank is a surviving sibling of Cpl. Jeremy Shank, who lost his life in Iraq in September 2006. Christopher is a filmmaker and is currently working for Tragedy Assistance Program for Military Survivors (TAPS) as a Survivor Care Advocate, where he helps support other survivors of military loss. https://www.opentohope.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Military-Loss-The-Ultimate-Sacrifice-with-Chris-Shank.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | […]

Zander Sprague: Murder; Finding A Positive Pathway

October 11, 2018

Zander Sprague is the go to speaker and author for Sibling Loss. His mission is to help sibling survivors define their loss and choose a positive pathway. His internationally acclaimed book, Making Lemonade: Choosing A Positive Pathway After Losing Your Sibling has helped people around the world. He also hosts the podcast The Lemonade Stand […]